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Jorge Gil Chang, director of the NGO Fundación para el Desarrollo Agrícola del Ecuador (FUNDEC) first reported on SICA (SRI) trials in Ecuador in 2008. Ten-day seedlings at 40x40 cm spacing yielded 8.8 t/ha, compared with 2.3 t/ha on the adjacent conventional plot. (Ecuador's national average yield at that time was 3.8 t/ha.) The conventional methods included five plants per hill, and 25x30 cm spacing, so the plant population was ten times greater than with SICA/SRI. Gil has also written a 68-page booklet (Cultivo de Arroz Sistema Intensificado SICA-SRI en Ecuador) that provides an overview of SRI globally and its potential in Ecuador. (See additional information on SRI in Ecuador in reports, presentations and videos sections). His findings were later reported at the First Workshop on the System of Rice Intensification (SRI) in Latin America at EARTH University in Costa Rica, October 31 - November 1, 2011, and at the Second Regional Exchange: Advances with SRI in the Americas, October 10-12, 2017. During 2013, the Technical University of Babahoyo (UTB) undertook SRI trials and committed to continue conducting activities such as SRI/SICA and to transfer the technologies to small farmers. Gil Chang has also maintained an active SRI/SICA Facebook discussion group since 2014.

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